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381 Tasting Notes


This one isn’t bad. Maybe a little artificial tasting, but with a short steep it’s pretty good, especially with dinner and a movie like last night and tonight. It’s citrusy and floral, and the tea base tastes more like white tea than green. In this case that’s not a bad thing. Someday I might actually restock it.

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I love this one more with every sip. In my opinion it would make a really excellent cheesecake, but as it is it already tastes like some kind of creamy dessert with a brûlée top. It’s sweet and a little tangy, and now I know mom likes it too (she asked what I was making and it sounded so good she asked for some). I’m going to be sad to see it go!

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Backlog from yesterday morning. I didn’t expect this to come in yesterday or I wouldn’t have had two cups of earl grey first. Of course, I probably shouldn’t have had a cup of this after that… It was only at about two in the afternoon (three or four hours afterward) that I got really, really jittery.

This was okay. I like the coconut better, but I’ll have to try this with milk and/or sugar added. It was definitely caramel flavor, but there wasn’t enough of it for me. It was watery and mostly just tasted like generic English Breakfast-esque tea. If I wanted that I would have gotten the English Breakfast flavor one!

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Well, I’m on new medication that makes me very, very sleepy. I got this hoping to counteract that. The taste really isn’t bad. It’s as if someone took bitter black tea and put fresh coconut milk in it until it was just barely bitter. Pretty drinkable. A little watery, but that may be user error.

It’s yet to be seen whether I feel the caffeine buzz, but I drank a different hi-caf yesterday (backlog later) after two cups of regular caf and regretted it. It has quite a kick.

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drank Organic Bramblewine by Tazo
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This is surprisingly good. Considering how red it brewed up I was worried but it’s actually pretty sweet. The fruit flavors taste exactly how they’re supposed to, and some of the licorice and other flavors come through in the end of the sip. Much better than I expected.

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drank Creme Caramel by The Tea Spot
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A sipdown. I’m having a really hard time finding the caramel in this this morning, and I can’t say I’m all that sad to see it go. It’s mostly just tea with a slight aftertaste of caramel. There are plenty of other caramels in my cabinet to replace it.

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drank Golden Mojito by Teavana
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I still don’t taste much pineapple in this, but it’s delicious and I’d get it again. It’s fruity and minty and I think it would be great iced. Even hot it’s really refreshing. This also happens to be a sipdown, which makes it doubly good.

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I got this one in my sampler sort of on a whim—oolong, caramel, and that was about all I knew about it. I’m really glad, because even though I hadn’t seen any reviews of this one, it’s a beauty. The oolong and caramel flavors blend together really well, and the caramel manages to be true. It’s creamy and fresh-tasting. The mouthfeel is even a little thick! I would say in concept and flavor this is somewhere in between Silk Dragon and GM’s Sugar Caramel oolong, but they’re all different enough that I would keep all three around. Did I mention I love caramel, both to eat and drink?

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drank English Teatime by Bigelow
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This came as a free sample in one of my other boxes of Bigelow (a good way to market it, by the way, because this is not one I’d reach for otherwise). It smells like a standard English breakfast and tastes pretty standard too, although there’s a touch of maltiness and even a little bit of a baked bread taste. It’s not bad. I won’t be buying it but I will finish the last bag of it I have without any problems.

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The smell of this is incredible—very fruity. The taste is primarily white tea, and a good one at that. Pleasantly buttery with just a touch of a hay note. The middle of the sip and aftertaste are lemongrass and peach respectively, and neither is overwhelming or fake-tasting. I’ll have no problem using the rest of this up! Mom likes it too so I think we’ll sip it down soon.


I am glad you guys are enjoying it.

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Elizabeth, college student, history/anthropology major. I love to read, travel, and try new foods.

I loved tea as a kid, didn’t drink it for about ten years, and then rediscovered it about a year ago. I’m still pretty new to the types and brands of tea out there, but I’m interested in trying some of everything! Currently:

-comfortable and experimenting with black teas
-enthusiastically embracing oolongs
-cautiously trying chai, greens, and whites
-adoring herbals (without hibiscus)
-neutral to rooibos
-afraid of pu-erhs (but willing to try!)

My rating system:

95-100: I would cross oceans for this tea. Drinking it is an amazing experience. If I don’t currently have it in my cabinet I’m probably very sad about that.

80-94: A very good tea. I would probably buy it again if I had the money/room in my cabinet.

65-79: Decent. I might buy it on sale or pass it by depending on my mood.

40-64: I’d accept a cup of this if it was served to me, but not buy it.

below 40: Ugh! Never again!

Keep in mind that bitterness is the worst thing that can happen to a tea for me, followed closely by hibiscus; I also have food allergies that rarely influence my tea habit, but please check with me before sending anything!

About Swaps: I am always willing to swap with anyone within continental North America! Just drop me a note. For anyone in the eastern half of the U.S. I’ll gladly swap small samples of things, but further away than that I would prefer if we dealt with larger amounts.


Indiana, U.S.



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